Jammeh gives more than D11 million to J22 competition finalists


Speaking at the closing of the event, Alhaji Mbye Chow, chairman of the July 22nd Competition committee disclosed: “This call made by the President is a positive means of enhancing development and capacitising the young ones.”

Over 1,000 people contested in all the eight categories.

“More than 600 people contested in the poem and essay categories but it was cut down to one essay finalist which was marked by the jurors and five poets were selected for the finals. We wanted it to be a national participation, so we went to all the GSM companies with the help of Pura for the public to vote for their favorites and 14,892 people voted.”


Chow said the competitions which were contested by a huge number of young people would go to length to reduce the menace of the ‘back way’ which many young people have embarked on in the past several year.

 “This is the first time such a competition is happening in this country but I know with the good, determined and focused leader we have, there will be more of such events for this nation to rejoice .We have bound the essays and poems in a booklet to serve our country’s literature before going out to search for other non-Gambian authors who do not belong to our own people. I believe these poems and essays will benefit a lot of people within and outside the country,” he quipped. These are the winners of the different categories:



English: Twin Sisters 

Vernacular: Samba Bah 


English: Dr Abdoulie Sallah

Vernacular: Ababacarr Njie


Sheriff Kumba Jobe, UTG

Crafting of traditional musical instruments

Balafong – Modou Lamin Kuyateh and Mawdo Suso

Halam – Ebriama Jamanka

Tama – Momodou Gajaga

Flute – Bubacarr Jallow

Riti – Lamin Mballow

Kora – Jali Alagi Mbye  

Konting – Augustin Jatta

Simbing – Salieu MB

Drums – Cherno MS Sallah

Dance Ensemble 

Fula Jubo

Music Ensemble

Bati Askanbi

Traditional dress

Fula – Alagi Sowe and Yamundow Jallow

Mandinka – Fatou Fofana

Serahule – Sise Sawaneh

Wolof – Yaws Creation

Manjago – Binta Mendy

Jola – Kadiajtou Badjie

Serer – Jainaba Joof


APRC green youths


Ekun Baba Hunting Society


Kambeng Kafo


Warri Sisters, Kanilai

Night Masquerade

Bureng Cultural Society


Gambia Zimba and Cultural group


Nusrat Senior Secondary School

All participants were given a consolation prize of D10,000 for groups and individuals with D1,000.